Rocky Mountain Ranch.Ic
It was still dark when a blaring alarm went off, in a dark bedroom. Groaning softly and not wanting to get up, a hand went over to the buzzing alarm clock and hit the off button. Rising slowly from his bed, Scott sat up and put his hands in his head. The perks of being here year-round. Sighing slightly he got up from his warm bed and threw on a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt. Five o'clock in the freaking morning. He made his way to the kitchen stumbling only slightly. He made himself some toast and hungrily ate it. Stumbling back to his room to his his socks and shoes. He glanced at the clock. 5;10. Most campers would still get an hour and a half of sleep. He looked over at his bed. IT was calling to him to come and sleep some more. He fought the urge and returned to the main living areas. Heading out to the stables, he grabbed his saddle and gear. Reaching the stables, he began to saddle his horse. Stroking the horses neck softly he patted it once or twice, then hopped on. Riding out of the stables, he headed up one of the trails.
The sun was barely starting to peak over the mountains when Artemis awoke. Sitting up with a terrible case of bed head, she let out a huge yawn. Slowly rising from her bed she headed toward the bathroom to get the rat's nest out of her hair and to brush her teeth. Finishing both of the task, she headed into her room and grabbed a button down shirt, and some jeans. Throwing them on and then pulling her hair into a pony tail she made her way out into the barn yard. That was the first rule of the ranch. Your horse came first. That meant eating and grooming, before breakfast. Stumbling over a random chicken every couple of feet, ARtemis finally made it to the barn. Walking over to her horses stall, she called out to him,"hey buddy!" She said words still a bit slurred from tiredness.
The sound of his phone alarm awoke him as he rolled over to switch it off quickly but was taken aback by Nicole sitting on her bed holding his phone. She pressed the off button. It looked like she had already been up for some time as Nicole was dressed in dark blue jeans and a flannel shirt with a white singlet underneath, her hair was pulled back in a pony tail. Nicole stood up and snapped open the curtains letting the slow morning sun right into the room.
“Really Nic?” Shane mumbled in a gruff voice as he kicked his legs out from the covers, the morning was cold. Standing he let out a yawn and roughed his hand through his head grabbing a towel on the way to the bathroom.
“See you in the stables!” Nic yelled after him quickly making her own bed and his bed, they shared a room together, they got along well so neither of them minded. Nicole tended to the cleaning of their room and Shane well, small acts of kindness.
Nicole walked outside and straight to the stables, she saw one of the girls already heading to her horse. She wasn’t far behind as she walked past Artemis and her horse towards her stable where Annihilator was waiting impatiently. She opened the stall and gave him a quick pat as she rustled the hay around before grabbing the grooming gear off the shelf just outside the bay. Annihilator made little noise as she was tended to in the normal morning fashion.
Shane had a quick shower and dressed himself quickly, he had the usual rustic 5 o’clock shadow going on as he threw on some jeans, slightly dirty from the previous days work and a white shirt. He walked down to the kitchen and made two cheese and ham sandwiches, wrapping one up quickly and headed out the door. He walked into the stables, not really paying much attention to the others as he popped the sandwich down on the shelf outside Nicole’s stable, he motioned it to her as he munched the rest of his sandwich down and moved to Fayne. Fayne was one of the more difficult horses. Shane threw on a halter and lead rope and took Fayne out into one of the free run yards, letting Fayne off as soon as they were in the gate. Shane walked back into the stables ready to start the muck outs.
Sara laid staring at the ceiling. She had been awake for quite a while. Insomnia strikes again. Well, actually PTSD strikes again.
Some nights she was fine. But some nights every time she closed her eyes she saw it again, relieved it.
The blaring horn... seeing the headlights coming towards her... that split second of panic and shock before the impact...
She'd ended up with broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, and her right leg broken in four places while her left was broken in two along with her arm. It had taken a long time to recover. She'd had to cancel her trip to Rocky Mountain Ranch last year. She had been terrified that he would have forgotten her. But he hadn't. Not her Storm.
Sara had cried when the beautiful black stallion had recognized her scent. He had run to her across the paddock. To some he was bad tempered, but Sara and Storm had always been friends. But the horse had noticed that his human was different. He was quieter then he had been before, gentler when she rode him, more patient. It made her feel bad when she knew he wanted to run, but she couldn't let him when she was on him. Not yet. If she fell off for any reason... if she re-broke her legs...
She couldn't take living in bed again. She just couldn't.
The sun peaked over the horizon and she heard people moving around. Sighing, she got up and went to the bathroom, splashing water on her face to try and take away the glazed look in her eyes. There were shadows under her eyes, but that wasn't unusual for her anymore.
She headed for the barn. A faint smile appeared when she heard her friend snorting and pawing when she approached.
"My Storm," she said in greeting as she always did. He came over, snuffling her hair and laying his ears back when he heard other people entering the barn. "Hush," she told him. "It's just me and you, okay?" Sara said, rubbing his neck and laying her head against it, inhaling the wonderful scent. There was something soothing about the smell of horses.
After waking up and going through the typical morning ritual of taking an ice-cold shower and getting dressed, Lincoln started to make his way to the stables. The fresh morning air and the sight of a variety of livestock milling around reminded him of home. He had grown up on his family's farm in a sleepy little town in Southern Carolina before he was whisked away on a modelling job in New York. And if there was anything he knew, it was animals. So he was more than happy when he heard about this place, and he's been enjoying the experience so far.
Trotting up to the stable doors, which were unsurprisingly already open, he headed inside. Lincoln made a beeline for his own horse's stall, the animal's head cocked curiously to one side and flicked her ears as he approached. "Hey Ally," he cooed softly once he reached her, an endearingly lopsided smile forming on his face. He patted the horse slightly on the nose before moving to rub circles on her forehead. A quiet chuckle escaped from Lincoln when Allegra let out a happy-sounding whinny at the show of affection.
Kat woke up to the sun gleaming down her face. She reached for her phone and squinted at the screen, her eyes weren't adjusted to the light yet. "Crap! I overslept!" she yelled as she jumped off her bed and ran straight into the bathroom. Quickly, she did her bathroom needs and got dressed, wearing anything that fit her fine. Sprinting outside she clumsily tripped over tools that were used on horses. Regaining her balance she continued sprinting to the stables. Once she came in to the stables, she slowed down and walked straight to her horse, Sky. As soon as she landed her eyes on Sky, she felt a warm feeling in her heart. "Hey baby", she cooed, tenderly petting Sky's soft mane. "I missed you Sky", she said looking at her with a look of admiration. For a second she thought she saw Sky nodding her head, she shook her head and started laughing.
Nicole had finished grooming her horse, his coat was perfectly brushed as she grabbed a halter and leading rope and led her out into the same yard that Fayne was running about in. Both of the horses got along very well and Fayne came running up to the gate letting out a whinny as Annihilator was lead into the yard. Fayne gave Nicole a sniff over in her hair as she let Annihilator off of her lead and both horses were off. Nicole closed the gate and climbed the fence to watch the horses running about.
Shane walked outside a wheel barrow full of muck from Faynes Stable, he tossed it into the headp that was sitting just outside the barn ready to be taken out for fertilising on the property. He placed the barrow just outside the barn so others could use it for their stables and did a quick run and climbed up next to Nicole sitting on the fence. He swung his back to the paddock as he watched the rest of the camp begin making their way down to the stables. He smirked as he watched one of the girls rush out of the house and straight over some of the horse shoeing gear that was on the ground outside the house stumbling over.
“We have a sleep in…” He mumbled to his sister as the girl walked into the barn Nicole giving a quick glance over her shoulder her eyes flicking onto the girl before over to the muck heap.
“Don’t you have something better to do…” Her eyes focusing on her brother and back to the muck heap. Shane sighed jumping off the fence and offering Nicole a hand who followed suit not giving any attention to the offered hand.
“As do you..” He mumbled walking off to the ute that was sitting back at the house.
Nicole walked into the barn grabbing the wheel barrow to go and clean up Annihilators pen, on the way through she picked up various tools that had been knocked out of their places before reaching the pen, it wasn’t too bad but still needed a fresh clean.
After Kat was petting and greeting Sky, she walked to the back of the stables to get some hay and apples for her horse. While her horse was eating, Kat looked around the stables to get a good look at all the other campers, while leaning on Sky's stall. It was her first year here, and she was pretty nervous meeting the other campers. Kat was always a bit socially awkward ever since she moved in to a new high school in her Junior year. She didn't know how to start up a conversation with people she has never met.
She stood there watching a girl picking up the tools Kat had earlier stumbled on. At first hesitating she slowly walked to the girl, "Hey, umm sorry about the mess I made! I forgot to clean those up while I was running in" she said giving the girl an apologetic look.
Nicole turned and smiled at the girl who had approached her, she seemed somewhat nervous in her voice, must be a first timer.
“Hey no stress hun.” She said flashing the girl a smile while she started to muck out Annihilators stall.
“Is it your first time here? I’m Nicole I work here year round have done for a while and I don’t think I’ve seen your face before…” She trailed off as she turned back to mucking out the stall which was almost complete. Throwing the last of it into the wheelbarrow and wiping the sweat off her forehead, the day was starting to warm up as the morning sun hit the barn.
Sara didn't speak to the other people entering the stable because they did not speak to her. She tended to focus on one thing at a time and right now her focus was on Storm. After feeding him and brushing him until he gleamed she picked up a bridle and held it up to the stallion. She was asking him if she could ride him, showing him the respect that a powerful spirited horse such as he deserved.
He sniffed the bridle, then nudged her hand. That was Storm-speak for 'permission granted'.
Sara smiled and led him out of his stall. She put on the blanket and saddle, slipping the bridle over his head and the bit into his mouth. He snorted a bit, not liking the bit that much, but he took it for her and she praised him for it.
She led him outside and took a deep breath. Hesitating easily a dozen times, she finally climbed on. She could feel that Storm wanted to run, but he was holding back for her.
She patted his neck. "You understand me perfectly don't you Storm?" she asked with a soft smile.
The horse grunted and whinnied. He spotted a few people milling around and laid his ears back again.
"Oh stop being so anti-social," Sara told him. "They aren't bothering you."
Kat's eyes rounded when Nicole asked if it was my first time here. "Yeah, it actually is" replied Kat with a grin in her face.
Her nervousness of talking to someone new was starting to go away, little by little.
"and I'm Kat. I'm glad I got to know at least someone here" she said with a small laugh. After watching Nicole finish up cleaning her horse's stall Kat realized she still hadn't finished up with Sky's stall too.
"Oops, I forgot to clean up the rest in my stall..." Kat said with a quick look at her stall. "I better go and finish that up..."